Location: San Francisco
Type: Rented 3 bedroom, converted to four bedroom
Why I use color:
I use color to make myself feel alive in my surroundings. Color is useful to lift or or shift moods, and create an atmosphere. I like to play with colors, but generally am attracted to warmer earthtones. . .
. . .Since I live in a three bedroom that was converted into a four bedroom (to make our rent cheaper) we are at a lack of space, and I ended up putting my sage green couch into my bedroom. It's kind of an interesting color for a piece of furniture, and I thought that a warm clay color would play off of it nicely. Since my bedroom doesn't have the best lighting the dark brown was offset with a pink. I found some abalone shells up in Marin, and I found all the colors from my room in the mother of pearl, and started a collection on my window frame.
In the kitchen, it is understood that orange is a stimulant for appetite and conversation, and the house decided that it would be a good choice for the color. Because we get light from only one window, we chose a lighter shade for most of the walls, and a darker orange color for one of the smaller walls.
2 good color tips:
1. Look at your lighting. If you have great lighting, my philosophy is that you can pretty pull off any color, if you balance it right.
2. If you are limited by your space, it forces you to be a little bit more creative.
2 good color resources:
1. Two good resources for me are when I lived in Santa Fe, NM, and the Marin Countryside. I like the colors produced by the earth in those areas. In NM it was the sagey colored plants, and the reddish pink dust and adobe homes.
2. In Marin, it is the browns and greens and shadows in the redwoods.